Most diets come with a list of a mile long food that we can and cannot eat. Proponents of “clean eating” claim it is not a diet, because nothing is forbidden as long as it is real food. Clean food focuses on whole foods like fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and whole grains and excludes processed or refined ingredients. Although switching to clean eating can be cumbersome, your taste buds will adapt quickly and you will find yourself enjoying the taste of fresh foods.
Unfortunately, classic breakfasts like bacon and sausages are not compatible with a Clean eating meal plan, as they are heavily processed and packed with nitrates. However, breakfast does not have to be boring and monotonous, stir the eggs with milk and cheese. Include potatoes, peppers and onions sautéed with olive oil to make a healthy version of potato croquettes. Make a delicious banana split by cutting a banana lengthwise and covering it with a spoonful of cottage cheese or natural yogurt, pineapple, strawberries and nuts. If you are in a hurry, throw natural yogurt, berries, fruits and a little spinach and avocado in the blender to make a nutritious smoothie.
Whole meal bread and tortillas are key ingredients for a quick, clean meal, but you’ll omit sausages and mayonnaise. Stuff bread rich in fiber with zucchini, onions, peppers and mushrooms thinly sliced. Use avocado puree instead of seasonings. To save time in preparing the food, cook several grass-fed turkey or chicken breasts and store them in the refrigerator. Cut the meat finely to make sandwiches. Other options are a vegetable tortilla, whole pita bread with hummus or vegetable soup made from scratch.
Try to include a whole grain cereal, lean protein, vegetables, healthy fat and a low-fat dairy in your dinner. For example, you can cover a pumpkin spaghetti with turkey fed with ground herb sautéed in olive oil, homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Or you can take a small portion of lean, grass-fed steak with steamed vegetables, a sweet potato and a large glass of milk. Eat a bowl of berries to finish the meal sweetly.
Snacks and desserts
You can enjoy treats and snacks when you eat clean. Take snacks like carrot sticks, celery and a handful of nuts when you want something salty. Sprinkle peach halves with honey and bake until they soften to make a special dessert.